Health Awareness Corner from the Saint James Health Ministry:

Crystal Richburg Oliver, Ministry Leader 


 February 2020 Did You Know Corner

  Self Care=Self Love=Self Management


Did you know that stress can increase your cortisol levels? Often called the stress hormone, this hormone made in the adrenal glands can control your blood pressure, blood glucose/sugar levels, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation and help with memory. Cortisol is an important hormone in protecting your overall health and well-being.


Anxiety and depression can be linked to increased cortisol levels also contributing to heart disease, high blood pressure and even the common cold.


Self-Care is an important tool to producing positive feelings, increasing self-confidence and self-esteem. Slowing down and being present in the moment, allows us to refocus on what’s important. You! Self-Care is a reminder that you and your needs are important too!  If we are depleted physically, mentally and spiritually, it is difficult to handle stress.  Taking care of your mind/body is a valuable reminder of your value to others and in the long run, your general well-being. Remember to seek help without shame! But in the meantime here are some simple, inexpensive ways to replenish yourself:


· Trust your instincts, if it doesn’t seem right don’t do it.


· Know when to say NO or Yes, Be kind to yourself!


· Positive thoughts create Positive outcomes.


· Deep breathing exercises, can be practiced anytime and anywhere.


· Rest and restore, try to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep/night, take a pause from electronics, social media, texts, emails, and phone calls.


· Laughter, actually increases our immune system and lowers stress.


· Music Therapy can be a mood changer and energy booster; dance like no-one is watching.  


· Reward your senses, you are what you ingest (eating, smelling, feeling, hearing, and seeing). Take inventory of your environment, add color, flavor, soft, soothing smells and sounds.


· Practice gratefulness and thankfulness everyday! In all circumstances! 1 Thessalonians 5:18


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